Funded by both the federal and state governments, Medicaid is an important health program for people with lower incomes, elderly people, people with disabilities, and some families with children.
The California Department of Health Care Services administers Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, and full-scope Medi-Cal recipients must be American citizens or legal permanent residents living in California who fall into certain qualifying categories.
Qualifying categories for Medi-Cal eligibility include:
- the elderly
- the physically disabled
- the mentally disabled
- severely disabled children
- pregnant women
- low income adults
- low income children
By 2014, most adults across the country who are under age 65 and have incomes under $15,000 will qualify for Medicaid. To help determine the likelihood of your Medi-cal eligibility as of November 2012, however, you should consult the California Income Guidelines summary for no-cost Medi-cal.
Anyone looking into eligibility for Medicaid services in California should consult the California Department of Health Care Services website, which provides valuable links and information to help answer most questions concerning eligibility. If it appears you meet eligibility requirements, you shouldn’t delay applying for Medi-cal services.
Medi-cal covers a wide range of medical services including:
- Laboratory and X-ray services
- Inpatient and outpatient hospital services
- Health screenings for children and treatment of detected medical problems
- Comprehensive dental services for children
- Adult medical and surgical dental services
- Nursing facility services for adults
- Health clinic services
- Prescription drugs
- Physical, occupational, or speech therapy for children
- Eye doctor visits and eyeglasses for children
- Medically-necessary transportation services
For further information about Medi-cal-covered services, visit the Department of Health Care Services Medi-cal Benefits page.
Some people are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. In such cases, Medicare is the primary payer.
If you are a Medicare dual eligible individual, looking into Medicare Advantage plans may be a wise move and a good investment. Call MedicareMall toll-free at (877) 413-1556 and we’ll be glad to help you determine whether Medicare Advantage is right for you.
For more information about Medi-cal coverage, contact Medi-cal Support toll-free at 1-800-541-5555. If you have any further questions about senior healthcare including Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B), Medicare supplement plans, or Medicare Advantage, contact a licensed, bonded MedicareMall representative and let us lead you with confidence through the Medicare maze!